Legal basis for levying renewal fees
Sect. 25, 77 PA
Enquiries re renewal fees and validity:
Tel. +44 1633 814433
Amount of fees
(plus any charges levied by banks)
R. 37, 38 PR
(a) Due date (in the patent year concerned)
(b) Time limit for payment (without surcharge)*
(c) Earliest possible date for payment
(a) Last day of the month containing the anniversary of the date of filing
Where the date of publication in the European Patent Bulletin of the mention of grant of the patent occurs less than 3 months before an anniversary of the date of filing, the first renewal fee due on the patent following mention of grant may be paid up to the last day of the third whole calendar month after the date of publication in the Bulletin without any additional fee being charged.
(b) Up to the end of the last day of the second month from the due date
Renewal fees which – in the case of revocation of a European patent as a result of a decision reviewed by the Enlarged Board of Appeal – would have been due after the revocation may be paid within a period of two months following the restoration of the patent.
(c) Payment may not be made more than 3 months before due date (Form 12).
Sect. 25, 77(5A) PA
Period of grace for payment of fees (with surcharge)
(a) 6 months from due date
(b) 1st month: 0 (Nil)
2nd month: GBP 24
3rd month: GBP 48
4th month: GBP 72
5th month: GBP 96
6th month: GBP 120
Sec. 25(4) PA
Communication of a reminder in cases of non-payment
(a) provided for?
(b) date of despatch
(a) Yes (reminders are sent to addresses outside the UK)
(b) Within 6 weeks of the due date
Sect. 25(5) PA
Restitutio in integrum
(a) provided for?
(b) time limit for submitting application
(b) Within 13 months of the end of the 6-month period specified for late payment
Sect. 28 PA
Appointment of a national professional representative for
(a) payment of fees
(b) communication of a reminder of non-payment
(c) proceedings in respect of restitutio in integrum
(a) and (b) No
(c) No, but an address for service in the United Kingdom, Gibraltar or Channel Islands should be given.
R. 103 PR (see also R. 49 PR)
Information regarding lapse of patent in cases of non-payment of renewal fees
Communication to applicant (notice of cessation)
Entry in the patent register
Publication in the Patents Journal
Sect. 32(2), 123(6) PA
* For first renewal fee to be paid, see Art. 141(2) EPC.